Some children are late talkers. They take longer than expected to say their first words. Or maybe if they’re saying some words, they are not combining them.
Does your child use gesture or pantomime in preference to spoken words? Does your child take your hand and lead you to the things he wants without attempting to use sounds or words? Does your child have frequent tantrums due to the frustration from not being able to get his message across? Is your child mostly independent tending to get what she wants from the cupboard or fridge seemingly not needing to communicate. Does your child resist imitating sounds? Does he or she refuse to vocalise when greeting or farewelling others?
There are many things parents can do to help. We at Stirling Speech Pathology can teach parents the strategies they can use to assist their child to learn the how and why of communication. There are many simple things you can do to demonstrate to your child the point of communication, the need to communicate and the joy of using words.
We run Hanen© It Takes Two to Talk groups for parents of late talkers who are wanting to learn the skills to use in everyday situations to model use of language and encourage their child to learn new words and join words together.